WESTVILLE | Authorities said a Westville-area teen will being charged as an adult for a Thursday night shooting of a Porter County teen during an alleged drug deal gone bad.
Numerous rounds were fired, even as the victim was driving off, LaPorte County Sheriff's Department Detective Andy Hynek said.
LaPorte Circuit Court Judge Tom Alevizos found sufficient evidence Friday to charge 16-year-old Jeremy Diedreich as an adult with Class A felony attempted murder and three other felony counts.
About 10:30 p.m., officers responded to the 9500 block of West County Road 125 South. A 17-year-old male reported he had been shot in the hip area.
Hynek said the teenager pulled up to the home and got into altercation with the suspect, who was armed. Numerous shots were fired and the victim was back in the vehicle when he was hit by one of the rounds that penetrated his driver's side door, Hynek said.
The victim, with bullets still flying, fled and drove about a half-mile to Purdue North Central to get help. He called police on his cellphone from the parking lot of the campus.
Hynek said the victim, whose name and hometown was not disclosed, was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City.
It appears the argument was over marijuana, according to authorities. Several pounds of the drug were seized from the residence, Hynek said.
Hynek said how many shots were fired and how far away the gunman was from the victim were still being investigated.
"Our evidence technicians are still processing some evidence to try and determine the exact distance," Hynek said.
A charge of being a serious violent felon in possession of a handgun was also filed against the alleged triggerman's father, David Diedreich.
Hynek said the marijuana seized was processed for sale and none was growing on the premises.